“Probability Dicewalk” Interactive Sound Sculpture (Oakland)
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Pro Arts Gallery | 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Probability, an exhibition of interactive sound sculpture made collaboratively by visual artists Bodil Fox and Larnie Fox, will be on display at Pro Arts gallery from March 5 through April 2, 2022. Email to reserve a time to interact with the work and meet the artists, Fridays through Sundays, 2-5pm.
The exhibition and related performances will revolve around notions of chance, indeterminacy, and luck.
The exhibition will be anchored by a performative installation covering the main walls with self-playing and playable wall-mounted amplified sound sculptures. Elements of the installation are constructed to allow for chance sounds and interactions of sounds. Sounds are produced by amplified piezo contact microphones. Larnie and Bodil have used similar installations for performances on floors for the past few years. They have adapted techniques and strategies learned doing this floor-based work to the new wall-based work. The audience will be invited to interact with this work to produce sound.
The installation will combine materials favored by Bodil (copper, concrete, wire, felt, mixed media surface treatment) with those favored by Larnie (bamboo, plywood, recycled materials, motors).
There will be two more events using the installation Probability as a locus:
The gallery will serve as the starting point for a dicewalk, Sunday March 20, 3-5pm. A dicewalk is a way of moving randomly through an urban environment; participants roll a die each time they come to an intersection. Using a die to determine direction allows for surprising discoveries. Gather at 3pm, depart at 3:10pm. Wear good walking shoes and dress in layers.
The closing reception will be Saturday, April 2, 6-9pm. Pro Arts will celebrate its long, storied occupancy of its space on Frank Ogawa plaza. Refreshments will be served, and the Crank Ensemble will perform. They began in 2005 and have not performed together since 2015. Larnie builds their instruments from recycled materials, each with a piezo contact microphone and a hand crank. They produce sound that is a mechanical version of a digital loop.